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Judge tosses suits vs. Normal schools over Urbana teacher

URBANA – A Champaign County judge has thrown out lawsuits against McLean County school officials accused of "passing" convicted sex molester and former school teacher Jon White to the Urbana school system.

2 FutureGen backers pull out

MATTOON – The president of Coles Together says she doesn't believe the withdrawal of two companies from the FutureGen Alliance will affect prospects to build the clean coal plant in Mattoon.

Two weeks after the federal government revived its plans to build FutureGen in Coles County, two financial backers of FutureGen, American Electric Power Co. of Columbus, Ohio, and Southern Co. of Atlanta announced on Thursday they are withdrawing from the Mattoon project.

Group wants space at magnet schools

CHAMPAIGN – The Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club would like space to offer programs for kids at a rebuilt Washington Elementary School and expanded Garden Hills Elementary School.

Racial-climate surveys on way to Champaign parents

CHAMPAIGN – Parents of children in Champaign schools should soon be getting racial-climate surveys in the mail.

The school district is looking at perceptions of race and educational equity in the Champaign schools. It is the first such survey since 2000, and the first since the district has been operating under its federal consent decree aimed at eliminating the achievement gap between black and white students.

Camp Invention's hands-on activities chart course to fun

RANTOUL – The Viking ships were nearly ready for sail, after a morning of building with plastic bottles, Styrofoam containers, craft sticks and aluminum foil.

Eight-year-old Nicholas Morrow was certain of the buoyancy of his boat.

"It'll float, all the way from Greenland to Newfoundland," said Nicholas, who is from Mahomet.

Sure enough, it made it through its voyage – which in this case was the distance across an inflatable wading pool.

Nicholas and his fellow boat builders are at Camp Invention at the Chanute Air Museum in Rantoul, where they're charting the course of the Vikings, learning to use a compass and finding clues to where a treasure is hidden.

Rantoul's summer school may be cooler starting in 2011

RANTOUL – Students attending summer school at Rantoul City Schools will no longer have to sit through classes in sweltering non-air-conditioned classrooms beginning in 2011.

Heat and a lack of air conditioning led the school to send students attending summer school at Broadmeadow Elementary School home early on Wednesday. But Superintendent Bill Trankina said early dismissals due to heat could become a thing of the past the summer after next.

Unit 7 schools will likely suffer from state budget crisis

TOLONO – The state' financial crisis is likely to affect the Unit 7 school district.

That was what Superintendent Michael Shonk told the school board Wednesday.

Contract awarded for Danville High School roof work

DANVILLE – Contractors will replace a leaky roof at Danville High School this summer.

Danville school board members on Wednesday approved awarding a $437,200 contract to Advanced Roofing to replace the roof on the original building. The only portion that won't be replaced is the area over the auditorium.

Cheer up, Broadmeadow students: one more summer...

RANTOUL – Students attending summer school at Rantoul City Schools will no longer have to sit through classes in sweltering non-air conditioned classrooms beginning in 2011.

Heat and a lack of air conditioning led the school to send students attending summer school at Broadmeadow Elementary School home early on Wednesday.

UI researchers' work flies Air Hobbico to help Boeing

CHAMPAIGN – Radio-controlled planes can be a lot of fun. But they also have practical value, as was proved in a recent demonstration of new technology by Boeing Co.

The technology – which involves the transmission of video data from airborne planes to units on the ground – could end up helping firefighters and other emergency personnel respond to crises such as earthquakes and floods.